How to Get Rid of Hair Dye Stains on Skin

by Mark Thomas Sirany ; Updated September 28, 2017

When coloring your hair, you are likely to end up with dye on your skin. You can usually remove these stains by scrubbing with soap and water, but sometimes stains will remain (especially with stronger dyes). When washing and scrubbing fails to remove stains from skin, professionals have a little trick that does the job: they use the same hair dye that colors your hair as a stain remover.

Angie Kordiak, a color tech at the MarcDaniel Salon confirms this. "You can use hair color to remove hair color. Just wipe it on the spots and [then] wipe off. If that doesn't work, try rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide." Using hair dye like soap, the stains are wiped away. The dye attracts and pulls the dye from your skin, leaving your skin stain-free.

Removing Hair Dye Stains on Skin

Stand in front of a sink and dampen a portion of a paper towel.

Add a quarter-sized amount of the same dye used to color your hair to the dampened section of the paper towel.

Use the paper towel to rub over any part of the skin that has been stained with hair dye; continue until the stain disappears.

Repeat if necessary. Wash hands and all areas of skin where you removed the stains.


  • This also works to remove hair dye stains on sinks and counter tops.

    Another tip from Courtney Tousignant of the MarcDaniel Salon is that "colorists sometimes use nail polish remover to remove hair dye stains".

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  • Angie Kordiak, color tech, MarcDaniel Salon;,Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Courtney Tousignant, MarcDaniel Salon, Maple Grove, Minnesota

About the Author

Mark Thomas Sirany has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing from Creighton University. While working with the nonprofit organization American Indians In Unity, he created student/instructor textbooks focused on financial management.